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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2020 at 12:52    Image of day on 30 Jul 2020

This female Banded Demoiselle Damselfly is the first female seen here this year. Females don't have a colour band on the wing, and the wings have a rather clear green tinge, both different to the darker brown of the Beautiful Demoiselle, now apparently gone for the year.


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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2014 at 10:09    Image of day on 18 Sep 2014

This female Banded Demoiselle damselfly is substantially smaller than we are used to seeing. These insects can only metamorphose to the same weight of insect they reached as Nymphs - they don't grow as adults.
This montage at about 7 fps has been stretched horizontally to remove overlaps.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 11:29    Image of day on 12 Jul 2019

An early arrival for this female Banded Demoiselle Damselfly. The females don't have the characteristic dark band on the wing that you see on the males. This insect is slightly smaller than the Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly and has lighter and green tinted wings.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 11:38    Image of day on 12 Jul 2019

An early arrival for this female Banded Demoiselle Damselfly. The females don't have the characteristic dark band on the wing that you see on the males. This insect is slightly smaller than the Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly and has lighter and green tinted wings.


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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2010 at 15:00    Image of day on 30 Aug 2010

This Female Banded Demoiselle (females do not have the wing bands) was our guest for a few pics. The first is a 'head and wing' view of the underneath of the insect flying nearly straight upwards. The twist of their wings in flight is very evident as are the green eyes.


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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2010 at 15:01    Image of day on 30 Aug 2010

And how she might appear in flight if your eyes could capture an image at the approximately 0.03 mS flash duration.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2010 at 17:47    Image of day on 25 Aug 2010

A female Banded Demoiselle damselfly decorating the blackthorn hedge at our North east boundary.


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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2010 at 11:52    Image of day on 05 Aug 2010

A few days later we got our first sight of the year of the ladies, this one photographed at rest in the sunshine, catching the light unusually well.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2020 at 12:38    Image of day on 03 Aug 2020

A female Banded Demoiselle Damselfly with her 4 wings almost perfectly aligned to make the pseudo-pterostigma (white specks) particularly clear.
Only the female of this species (and of the 'Beautiful Demoiselle') have this feature. The mark is called 'psuedo...' because almost all other species of Damselfly and Dragonfly have these marks on both sexes and darker than the wing colour.


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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2021 at 17:42    Image of day on 26 Jul 2021

One of very few male Banded Demoiselle Damselflies - a flickering delight to see in flight.
The females are so similar to the female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies that we find it hard to tell them apart.


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Image Taken on 29 Jul 2020 at 16:14    Image of day on 08 Sep 2020

We thought we had seen the last of the two "Demoiselle Damselfly" species for the year, so are pleased to see this male Banded Demoiselle well away from their normal haunts.


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Image Taken on 16 Jun 2020 at 17:30    Image of day on 22 Jul 2020

Only a handful of male Banded Demoiselle Damselflies seen so far this year, and no females at all.


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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2019 at 15:27    Image of day on 25 Aug 2019

Occasional sightings of male Banded Demoiselle Damselflies continue mostly on Yellow Flag Iris fronds. You are looking through 4 wings.


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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2018 at 10:16    Image of day on 18 Aug 2018

A male banded Demoiselle Damselfly perched elegantly on a leaf tip.


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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2016 at 16:18    Image of day on 02 Sep 2016

This male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly shows its body detail well, but the dark background tends to hide the band on the wings that give it its name.


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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2008 at 17:02    Image of day on 09 Aug 2008

As promised in the image for 2 June 2008 we have tried to photograph the Male Banded Damoiselle. Well some effort brought the luck - here is the beauty.


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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2015 at 12:09    Image of day on 17 Aug 2015

The first Banded Demoiselle Damselfly this year, this one a male, has appeared at the duck shaped pond on the Hop Sedge. You can just see the complicated little clasper at the tail tip that must match the females thorax for them to mate.


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Image Taken on 31 May 2020 at 15:01    Image of day on 02 Jul 2020

As the Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies decline we see the start of the Banded Demoiselle Damselflies, named after the striking wing patch on just the males.


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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2021 at 10:38    Image of day on 12 Jul 2021

This is a male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly sunning himself on a nettle leaf.
So far we have not spotted any female Banded Demoiselle Damselflies, but may have missed some - they are rather similar to the Female Beautiful.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2022 at 10:41    Image of day on 10 Aug 2022

Our first (visual only) sighting of a Banded Demoiselle Damselfly was 3 days earlier.
The Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies have almost finished - in the past they have peaked here at about the same time. We MAY be seeing female Banded Demoiselles, but they don't have the dark band and we find it hard to tell them from The Beautiful females unless we see them both close together, when their hues are subtly different.


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